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Thread #84346   Message #1560239
Posted By: NH Dave
09-Sep-05 - 10:35 PM
Thread Name: Tabasco Sauce, Avery Isle, is it there?
Subject: RE: Tabasco Sauce, Avery Isle, is it there?
The previous CEO of the company, Mr. Walter S. McIlhenny retired as a Brigadier General in the Marine Corps, after enlisting in the Marines after a previous tour in the Army National Guard - Territorial to the British members - and served on the invasion of most of the Pacific islands from 1942 until 1945. Upon his discharge from the Virginia National Guard, he entered the Corps and was promoted to the grade of Second Lieutenant. He saw action during all of the Island Campaign in the Pacific, and returned from the war in 1945 as a Major.

Upon his retirement from the Marines in 1969,he was retired as a Brigadier General, because of his combat service during the Pacific war. On his death, in 1985, part of his will left a large bequest to the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, a private military college preparatory boarding school for boys in grades 8 through 12, which he helped to found in the early 60's. Additionally his company's Tobasco Sauce has been donated to the military for inclusion in military rations since our hostilities in Kopea snd subsequent times of war.